AfyonkarahisarAfyonkarahisar is located on an intersection which connects north to south, west to east. Town is a potential tourism centre with its rich historical background. The name Afyon Kara Hisar (literally opium black castle in Turkish), since opium was widely grown here and there is a castle on a black rock at the south of the city and opium plant. Older spellings include Karahisar-i Sahip, Afium-Kara-hissar and Afyon Karahisar.
Begining from 7000 BC till today cultures passing from Calcolithic to Late Bronze Age, Hittite, Phyrig, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman Civilizations located in the borders of the city. After the conquest of Anatolia by Seljuk Turks in 1071 Afyonkarahisar was taken under the rule of Turks. After this date Afyonkarahisar was dominated by: Seljuk State, Sahipoğulları Principality, Germiyanoğulları Principality and finally in 1428 by Ottoman Empire.
The city was known as Afyon (opium), until the name was changed to Afyonkarahisar by the Turkish Parliament in 2004.
The top of the rock in Afyon has been fortified for a long time. It was known to the Hittites as Hapanuwa, and was later occupied by Phrygians,Lydians and Achaemenid Persians until it was conquered by Alexander the Great. After the death of Alexander the city (now known as Akroinοn(Ακροϊνόν) or Nikopolis (Νικόπολις) in Ancient Greek), was ruled by the Seleucids and the kingsRead More
Places of interest
Ancient cities İhsaniye Ayazini Town (Metropolis) Ayazini town can be reached by turning right and getting 4.7 kilometre from the 27th km of Afyon-Eskişehir Highway. It is known to be used as a settlement since the Phyrigian period. Cave tomb rooms made for singles or families dated at Roman andRead More
Ömer and Gecek Thermal Resort is located in thenorth-west of Afyon, on the highway to Kutahya and far15 km from Afyon. Gazlıgöl Thermal Resort is locatedon22km in the north of Afyon, on the highway to Eskisehir highway near Demiryolu. Hüdayi Thermal Resort is located on66km south-west of Afyon, 7km south-westRead More
At the main bus station (in Turkish it is written asOtogar) you can get on a bus to Afyon after you buy tickets from one of the bus companies as: KAMİL KOÇ, NİLÜFER, PAMUKKALE. It takes8 hours and costs about 48 Turkish lira, which is approximately 21€.Read More
From Afyon-Kütahya Zafer Airport to Afyon:After your plane lands to the airport, get on shuttle bus to the city center. It takes 45 min and it is free .From Ankara Esenboğa Airport to Afyon:After your plane lands, get on airport shuttle called as HAVAŞ or public bus to go theRead More